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2019 Inductees

Leslie Brunsell, Class of 1965

After graduating from Craig in 1965, then from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Leslie Brunsell proceeded to teach for nine years at both Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Saint Mary’s School. Following her teaching career, Brunsell was a personal banker and marketing director at M&I Bank from 1979 to her retirement in 2004.

Leslie Brunsell shows her love and support for the Janesville community through her involvement in numerous organizations, notably the American Association of University Women, Rotary Botanical Gardens, and the YWCA. In addition, as one of the founding members of the Diversity Action Team, Brunsell chaired the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, facilitated study circles called “Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation,” twice planned the Racial Justice Conference, and taught “You, Me, and Our Colorful Community” to young children at the YWCA. Her appreciation for diversity also gave her passion to have personally hosted over 100 international guests of all ages from more than 33 countries.

Brunsell has been a leading volunteer at Rotary Botanical Gardens since its inception in 1988. The community has honored her valuable contributions, naming her a YWCA Woman of Distinction and one of the Janesville Gazette’s “50 Who Matter.” Brunsell received the UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award, the Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, and the Junior Achievement Award.

Leslie Brunsell’s relentless dedication to supporting diversity and the environment in Janesville makes her a community hero.

Maria Regan Gonzalez, Class of 2004

A member of the Craig High School graduating class of 2004, Maria Regan Gonzalez was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade and Policy as well as Spanish from the University of Minnesota and later became the first Latina mayor in Minnesota history.

While attending Craig, Regan Gonzalez explored her passions through extracurricular activities, including the Gay Straight Alliance and Human Relations. She also played ice hockey and served on staff for the school newspaper.

Regan Gonzalez has focused her life on community service with emphasis on equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Regan Gonzalez has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, the Neighborhood Champion Award, the NeighborWorks Community Builder Award, and the Community Hero Award. In 2016, Gonzalez became the youngest member of the Richfield, Minnesota City Council and in 2018 was elected its mayor. In the same year, she was recognized as a “Changemaker” by the Minnesota Women’s Press.

Gonzalez aspires to support future leaders in our country, consistently serving as a role model for diverse youth.

William, Stephen, & Robert Kennedy, Classes of 1968, 1975, & 1978

Janesville’s Kennedy brothers, William, Stephen, and Robert, own Rock Road Companies which builds a safe infrastructure for travel within Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, while also maintaining a reputation for quality work and fair business practices. William graduated with the St. Thomas Academy class of 1968, Stephen graduated with the Craig High School class of 1975, and Robert with the Craig class of 1978. All three brothers went on to post-secondary education in Business or Engineering.

Rock Road Companies is dedicated to giving back to the community through charitable organizations. For their 100th anniversary in 2013, the brothers started the Kennedy Family Foundation to support nonprofit programs in and around Rock County. This foundation supports a wide range of needs, including public safety, education, and health care. Some beneficiaries include Agrace Hospice Care, Boys & Girls Club, GIFTS Men’s Shelter, Janesville Farmers Market, and Rock County First Responder Community Initiatives.

Each year from 2004-2017, Rock Road Companies earned the National Asphalt Pavement Association Diamond Achievement Commendation for overall quality, safety, and service. Since its founding in 1913, Rock Road Companies has been committed to providing incomparable service, and the Kennedy Brothers deserve commendation for their dedication towards that goal.